My trip with Kadek turned out to be more than a taxi ride for a few Rupiah; it swiftly became a valuable lesson in the vagaries of smoking in Indonesia.
It turns out, Kadek explained energetically through mouthfuls of sweet smoke blown back at me as I clung on to the rear quarter of the saddle, that Indonesia has stuck two fingers up at the rest of the world and the anti-smoking lobby.
At traffic lights on Jalan Legian, Kadek stopped, not for a red light at which halting still seems optional in Bali but to say hi to his girlfriend.
That day Kadek was as proud of his sticker as he was of his motorbike, and arguably more so than of his girlfriend who returned his indifference with a puff of her own smoke.
10) "International Initiative Briefings: KADEK
Dissolves Itself," accessed at www.
1978 yilinda PKK adiyla kurulan orgut, 2002'de kendini feshetmesi sebebiyle, KADEK
(Kongreya Azadi u Demokrasiya Kurdistane/Kurdistan Ozgurluk ve Demokrasi Kongresi) ismini almis, 2003 yilinda ise halen kullanilan PKK/Kongra-Gel (Halk Kongresi), adini tasimaya baslamistir.
Abdullah Ocalan, imprisoned leader of the Partiye Karkaren Kurdistane (PKK)--renamed KADEK
in 2001 and the Kurdistan People's Congress in 2003--kept his illegal nationalist organization alive for nearly 20 years in Syria.
Ankara wants the US forces in northern Iraq to crack down on the remnants of the Kurdistan Workers Party, which now calls itself Kadek
The PKK-led violence and the resulting state counterviolence undermined the social fabric of Kurdish society, while the arrest of PKK leader Abdullah Ocalan in February 1999 led to the transformation of Kurdish nationalism into a political force under the structure of KADEK
(Kurdish Freedom and Democracy Congress, now renamed Kurdistan Peoples Congress).
1) On April 4, 2002, the PKK renamed itself the Kurdistan Freedom and Democracy Congress (KADEK
) and elected PKK leader Abdullah Ocalan as KADEK
general chairman in absentia.
PKK leader Ocalan was elected KADEK